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South Bay, Florida
South Bay FL city hall01.jpg
"Cross Roads Of South Florida"
Location of South Bay, Florida
Location of South Bay, Florida
Country United States
State Florida
County Palm Beach
 • Total 3.93 sq mi (10.17 km2)
 • Land 2.86 sq mi (7.41 km2)
 • Water 1.06 sq mi (2.76 km2)
20 ft (6 m)
 • Total 4,860
 • Density 1,698.11/sq mi (655.76/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 561
FIPS code 12-67175
GNIS feature ID 0291340
Website City of South Bay Florida

South Bay is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. It is the westernmost municipality in the South Florida metropolitan area. The population was 4,876 at the 2010 census. As of 2018, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 5,185. While the current estimates place South Bay's population in the incorporated city limits at more than 4,000 people, surrounding areas increase the population figures to 54,000 people in a 25-mile (40 km) radius and more than 1.4 million in a 50-mile (80 km) radius.


South Bay was named for its location on Lake Okeechobee. The town was incorporated in 1941. The first mayor of South Bay was Aubrey (a.k.a. "Orb") Walker, who, along with his brother, Haughty D. Walker (a.k.a. "Haut"), survived the great hurricane of 1928 by gathering his family members onto a barge in the canal.


South Bay is located at 26°39′59″N 80°43′8″W / 26.66639°N 80.71889°W / 26.66639; -80.71889 (26.666487, -80.718985), near the southern bank of Lake Okeechobee.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), including 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) of land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of (26.95%) water. The Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail runs through South Bay.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,050
1960 1,631 55.3%
1970 2,958 81.4%
1980 3,886 31.4%
1990 3,558 −8.4%
2000 3,859 8.5%
2010 4,876 26.4%
2020 4,860 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

South Bay racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 580 11.93%
Black or African American (NH) 3,097 63.72%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 2 0.04%
Asian (NH) 2 0.04%
Pacific Islander (NH) 1 0.02%
Some Other Race (NH) 7 0.14%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 73 1.5%
Hispanic or Latino 1,098 22.59%
Total 4,860

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,860 people, 475 households, and 341 families residing in the city.



Two major roads, East-West State Road 80 and North-South U.S. 27 intersect in the town.

Notable people

See also

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